Local Vibes

Local Vibes

Local Vibes

I love going to food truck festivals. It’s a great way to spend the day with friends and family.

I especially like being surprised when I come across food trucks I’ve never been to before.

I am a huge food truck supporter. I see how much hard work goes into any food business, but food truck owners have some extra added challenges.

Their work space is limited. Most food trucks don’t have a lot of internal space, and the space is only reduced more when the owner and his employees occupy the truck, and there’s the addition of all of the equipment they are going to need.

Then there are all kinds of licenses and permits to obtain. There are lots of permits or licenses a food truck operator must apply for.

Food trucks will need to comply with food safety ordinances, OSHA regulations, proper waste disposal regulations, driving regulations, public health laws, tax laws, regulations about temperature control for food, running water, parking regulations, driver’s license laws…etc.

I’m sure I’m missing a few things, but you get the picture.

Then they have to hope the food they create is good. Will it sell? Will people think it’s good enough to spread the word?

Even if their friends and family are supportive, there is no way to tell if a food truck will be successful.
There is no crystal ball to give food truck owners a clear answer. It’s all going start out with trial and error, and maybe a few prayers.

In the last couple of years, I became friendly with a few food truck owners through social media.

I initially wrote about their food, thanks to word on the street and social media.

Most of the comments came from The Wednesday Warriors and the Jersey Food Warriors social media pages.

Since then, I’ve become a friend and supporter to handful of these hard working folks.

It’s time to shine the spotlight on some of the best Barbeque on wheels.

  • Harry's Smokin' BBQ - 240 Dover Rd, Toms River, NJ 08757

    I absolutely adore Harry! Harry is one of the most humble people I have ever met. The guy has won numerous awards with help from his hard-working crew.

    His food is inventive and delicious. He’s always trying to come up with new ideas, and there have been some doozies, and I mean that in the most positive way.

    His loaded baked potatoes always sell out. The jalapeno slaw, his insane burger creations, his equally off the hook breakfast sandwiches, as well as the traditional BBQ fare one might expect at a BBQ truck are all damn near perfect.

    The guy does catering, helps the community by giving back several time a year, and is one heck of a nice guy.

    Please go visit Harry’s Smokin’ BBQ and tell him Rockyn Robyn sent you.

     

  • Bearded One BBQ - 933 NJ-33, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

    His fall of the bone ribs are the most talked about item on his truck. Inquisitive folks who drop by for the first time get treated to the sight of The Bearded One’s inner workings. He’s proud of his smokers.

    I heard about the Bearded One through word of mouth and from reading a ton of positive comments on social media.

    According to his website: The Bearded One BBQ was born from Pitmaster Chris’s passion for BBQ. What began 10 years as a hobby has morphed into a successful competition team, food truck and now full time location. With the help and support of many family and friends he now is bringing his award winning BBQ to you.

    We currently are operating out of the “ The Spot” Tues & Wed 11:30-3:00 Thur & Fri 11:30-6:30 and Sat 11:30-5:00 at 933 RT 33, so check out our online ordering for specials and hours. We are available for private parties and events. So give us a call next time your looking to have an event catered or just check us out a festival or “The Spot”

    According to a legion of fans, his wings are some of the best in the Garden State. If there’s party or event that you need catered, The Bearded One is Your Guy!

  • Smokin Chicks Got Wood BBQ - 4 Chimney Rock Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

    Smokin Chicks Got Wood BBQ is a South Jersey food truck offering BBQ catering services all over New Jersey. They are popular in Monmouth, Ocean, Hunterdon, Bergen, Essex, and Morris Counties. But they’ll pretty much show up anywhere you need them in the Garden State.

    No matter where you are in NJ, Smokin Chicks Got Wood BBQ can brighten up your day.

    They have over 300 5 star Google Reviews. Graduation parties, corporate events, backyard gatherings, engagement parties, weddings, they do it all.

    The reviews highlight the fantastic variety of food along with the hard work of Jenn, John, and their crew.

    These are your people New Jersey party throwers.

    The website is detailed and will provide you with all the info you need before you actually contact these great folks.

    South Jersey Food Trucks | BBQ Catering and Food Truck | Bridgewater, NJ

    Specializing in BBQ food, BBQ Event Catering, Food Truck Festivals, for Fresh BBQ Meals at your next event or private party, contact us (908) 884-9529, Bridgewater, NJ

  • Big Swerve's BBQ and Catering - Westville, N.J. -Mobile Catering Available For All Private Events - Contact Info: [email protected] 609-866-9847

    Big Swerve’s ribs look like they belong on a billboard, they are THAT gorgeous.

    Back in May, Katie M. threw a party and she hired Big Swerve’s.

    Here’s what she had to say: “All I can say is WOW! We had Big Swerve cater our birthday party today and the food was PHENOMENAL!

    From the customer service while ordering, the communication along the way, the set up, and the TASTE of the food…. Incredible. Everyone at the party was saying how great the food was! THANK YOU! We will be recommending big swerve to everyone!!”

    It’s endorsements like that, that keep Big Swerve’s busy cooking up great BBQ.
    if you’re planning on hiring them, you must ask for a big tray of the pulled pork tacos, and a vat of their “Mean Beans.” Plus, they are the HOME OF THE JERSEY JAMAICAN JERK CHICKEN SLIDERS. Ya mon!

  • Oink and Moo BBQ - 63 W Main St, Somerville, NJ 08876

    About: Inspired by our travels and tastings along the southern “Barbecue Belt,” we created Oink and Moo BBQ with a mix of styles from each region, chef-originated and prepared for discerning customers back home. Everything is made from scratch, from the finest ingredients.

    Visit the market at Bell Works in Holmdel or visit the Somerville location. Hire these guys to kick up your private or corporate event.
    I see these guys on the Jersey Shore a lot. They are one of the most talked about food trucks at any event.

    Turning out extraordinary Texas BBQ in the Garden State. Take home a bottle of one of their BBQ sauces, available in: Original, Black Cherry, Carolina & Spicy Q Homemade BBQ Sauces or a jar or 10 of their rubs. Available in Oink, Moo, or Cluck varieties.


    Book the truck today for your next event: Call 732-261-6285 or email [email protected]

  • FireMan Freddie's BBQ -Contact Freddie For Your Next Gathering or Event at: : (856) 270-8910 Or Follow Him Online To See Where He'll Win up Next.

    Not only is Freddie a passionate Barbeque King, he’s a real honest to goodness fireman! A first responder and a Sultan of smoked meats.

    Freddie credits his wife, children, family, friends, and loyal customers for his success.

    The Introduction on his website: Welcome to Fireman Freddie’s BBQ, an award-winning barbecue food truck in South Jersey. I specialize in authentic wood-fire BBQ. I hand pick all the meats and vegetables myself, and I pride myself in making everything from scratch. I do not have a style to my BBQ, rather I have taken ideas from all over the country and have made them into Jersey BBQ. Come out and taste what we are all about at a local brewery, festival or event, or book us for your own private event!

  • Big Papa Jai's BBQ - Franklinville, N.J.

    Big Papa Jai’s has only been around since 2018, and they’re kicking butt. Brisket, Pork, Sausage, and so much more!

    If it can be smoked Big Papa’s has it covered.

    Catering for all events.

    Here’s a recent review from one of his 5 star Google Review Clients: First time catering BBQ from here and everything was delicious!! Jamie went above and beyond and our guests RAVED about it! I will definitely be catering from here again! Great prices and great food, can’t ask for much more.
    Thanks again, looking forward to leftovers today!

    Make sure to follow him online to see where he’ll show up next.

    Meet up with him at the Egg Harbor City Food Truck Festival on Saturday, August 12th from 3 to 8.
    https://bigpapajais.com/upcoming-events

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